Book Review of The Silent Corner

The Silent Corner

Dean Koontz


June 6, 2017

Blurb: “I very much need to be dead.”

These are the chilling words left behind by a man who had everything to live for—but took his own life. In the aftermath, his widow, Jane Hawk, does what all her grief, fear, and fury demand: find the truth, no matter what.

People of talent and accomplishment, people admired and happy and sound of mind, have been committing suicide in surprising numbers. When Jane seeks to learn why, she becomes the most-wanted fugitive in America. Her powerful enemies are protecting a secret so important—so terrifying—that they will exterminate anyone in their way.

But all their power and viciousness may not be enough to stop a woman as clever as they are cold-blooded, as relentless as they are ruthless—and who is driven by a righteous rage they can never comprehend. Because it is born of love.



Sometimes I wonder if I should turn in my card as a book blogger. Someone will ask me if I’ve read this or that, know about this author or that one, am I excited about such and such a release? I shrug, shake my head, and smile sadly. I have let the book blogging team down–again.

That’s how I feel about Dean Koontz’ Jane Hawk series. How did I not know about this? For that matter, have I read all of the Odd Thomas series? No! Argh! I would probably have to stop reading so much to get up-to-date on all of the publishing news. Is that likely to happen? Probably not. More hours in a day, please.

The only reason why I now know about the Jane Hawk series is because I saw the opportunity to read the upcoming addition which will be published in May, but first I intend to read the previous installments–which brings me rather long-windedly to the review (which will probably be shorter).

Yesterday when I was doing WWW Wednesday and wanted a short description of The Silent Corner, I immediately likened Jane Hawk, determined FBI agent, to Jack Reacher, former military policeman. (If you like books about a one-man army that’s a thrill a minute, you’ve got to read Lee Child’s Killing Floor.) Now, being the bad book blogger that I am (see above), I know of no other one-woman army who comes close to Jane Hawk, if you do please let me know in the comments. She’s steely and cool!

Now I can’t discuss too many of the details because many of those are spoilers. The novel is told in such a way that details are slowly revealed, so that there are surprises that you discover along the way. I pretty much figure that if it’s not mentioned in the blurb and I was surprised by it, you may be as well. Suffice to say that Jane, after the suicide of her beloved Marine husband, which really wasn’t a suicide, isn’t going to let things rest. She is literally going to try to save the world from mad men.

There is a science fiction bent to the story. Or maybe not. Who knows what goes on in some science labs?

I enjoyed The Silent Corner and easily could have read it much quicker. It’s very much a page-turner. Fortunately the short chapters gave me lots of places to stop so that I could get on with my “required” reading ( 😉 ). Also, the short chapters are told through varying povs, which I didn’t mind. I know that purists would be jumping up and down about some of them though.

Who would like The Silent Corner? Fans of action thrillers with science fiction elements, Dean Koontz fans, fans of female action heroes, people who like conspiracy theories.

ps All the titles in the Jane Hawk series remind me of possible Nancy Drew titles….just add “Nancy Drew and the Mystery of” before the title. (heh)

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